According to Variety, Abbie Cornish, Olivia Wilde and uh, Julianne Hough ("Rock Of Ages," "Footloose," "Safe Haven") have submitted audition tapes for the role. Based on the critically acclaimed best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn, whomever wins the juicy part will star opposite Ben Affleck, who plays a former magazine journalist who moves back home to Carthage, Missouri, to open a bar with his sister after falling into financial hardship. But he becomes a prime suspect when his wife goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary.
Apparently, Theron isn't pursuing the part and scheduling could count out both Portman and Blunt. Pike is on Fincher's list, but he has yet to meet her and something tells us Fox will want to have a say on the female lead as well. As THR noted earlier today, Fincher might have the kind of leeway he's used to, as they indicate "it's not free rein" for the filmmaker, with Variety suggesting budget could come into play too. Affleck is an expensive lead, so another A-list name could be out of the question.
We can only imagine more contenders will pop up soon, but with a fall shoot looming, we'd guess a decision will be made shortly, as Fincher is already scouting locations.